Zack Dylan has a voice like Tim McGraw and a dream for fame. He tries out for a popular star search show, Fifteen Minutes. There is more at stake than fame, however. Zack’s family farm in Kentucky is nearing the auction block, and this might be his last chance to save it. Zack’s chances are good for making the Big Time, and he is committed. He promises his college sweetheart Rene that being famous won’t change his beliefs.
There are times when I hesitate giving any work (an album, movie, or book) "5 stars." In fact, I try really hard not to do it. The idea that a work is "Perfect" and therefore deserving an entire constellation seems somewhat counter-productive to critical thinking and writing about whatever work a person has experienced: Does the White Album REALLY need all of those songs? Did Han Solo REALLY have to live? Objective correlative, indeed!
"It can be too sad here. We often lose our way." Anne Lamott's latest musing on faith focuses on the thorny parts of life and love—grief, anger, pain—and how to keep living throughout it all. Stitching together the ripped shreds of ourselves, she says, is the answer. Community, faith, music, even something as mundane as replacing smelly, stained floorboards—all of these help us sew our lives together and move on, stronger for the scar tissue that has knitted us whole again.
I recently missed a carpool, and instead, drove alone. But I never felt alone. Plan B included listening to Anne Lamott's Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith. And she is an excellent traveling companion. Lamott, full of faith and humor hooked me in with her crazy, grace-filled life and I couldn't stop listening. It's a bummer that I missed socializing with my group. But, driving with Anne Lamott narrating Plan B made the trip worthwhile.
This book is a combination of short stories of Niequist's life with a focus on difficulties having children. She is a woman of faith and relates her stories to spiritual lessons which she realized after each individual experience. Almost every chapter is tied to a specific dish which she cooked for a particular experience and she includes recipes at the end of the chapters. I thought that this book was interesting because it was an intimate portrait of a woman's struggle with being thankful for what she had while wanting a larger family.
This is a true account of an impulsive twenty-something woman who chooses to hike the grueling Pacific Coast Trail as a way to stop herself from self-destruction. She has not had an easy life, being raised by a single mother in poverty, but she is in college and in love when her mother succumbs to cancer. Thus starts a spiral of addiction and out of control behavior that is shocking and life threatening.
“And now go, and make interesting amazing glorious fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.” How can you not feel a little inspired and empowered after hearing that? These are the compelling closing lines of Neil Gaiman’s May 2012 commencement speech delivered to the graduates of Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. In Make Good Art, his words are creatively set to page by graphic designer Chip Kidd.
This nifty book has colorful pictures, which are heartwarming and uplifting. The inspirational read is for mothers or anyone to enjoy. A great book to flip through when you are in line waiting or on break.
In A Garden In Paris, Mary Kathleen Davis was once a vibrant young woman with hopes and dreams for a beautiful future. Now, 26 years later, she is a widow, emotionally separated from her only daughter Elizabeth, and trying desperately to find some sense of who she is and where she’s going. Her thoughts turn to a time in Paris many years ago and a man who loved her desperately. She too had been in love yet walked away to marry the security she felt she needed in her life. If
Classed as a Mystery Thriller at the local bookstore and as Fiction at JCL, The Expected One follows protagonist journalist Maureen Pascal as she does research for her new novel. In the process, she discovers ancient mysteries involving the Cathar peoples of southwest France and uncovers legends including Mary Magdalene and a gospel that she wrote describing her life as Jesus’ wife and his teachings.